It took just ten days.
It Just Prints Money

It was only a week back that we shared news of how Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 pulled in $800 million in its first three days of sales. Already, this was a record-smashing sales figure for the franchise that has been around since 2003. Now, Activision says that Modern Warfare 2's record-setting ways are far from over.

In the ten days following its release on October 28, 2022, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has surpassed the $1 billion (USD) in worldwide sell-through. This means copies that are in the hands of players be it digitally or physical copies.

The fact that it took ten days to reach $1 billion is rather monumental when you understand that the previous franchise record was 2012's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In 2012, it took Black Ops 2 a whopping 15 days to reach $1 billion in sell-through.

Activision was also sure to boast about some other astronomical statistics for this year's Call of Duty release. They say that players have already played the game for more than 200 million hours combined. Players have also gone through over 1 billion matches across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms in its first 10 days of being available.

The newest records build on Modern Warfare II’s momentum:
  • Modern Warfare II is the highest grossing entertainment opening of 2022.
  • Modern Warfare II is the #1 top selling opening in franchise history topping $800 million in sell-through following its first three days of release.
  • On November 16, the run continues with the release of Call of Duty: Warzoneâ„¢ 2.0.​
Of course, we need to remind you again that the comparisons between video game sales and other media releases, such as movies, isn't exactly the fairest of comparisons. Modern Warfare 2 starts at $70 (USD) while movie tickets are but a fraction of that.

And just to put a bow on this, we'll include some words by Bobby Kotick, who is still the CEO of Activision Blizzard despite the myriad of issues that occurred under his watch.

"Our developers, along with our entire Activision Blizzard team, are the backbone of our unwavering commitment to serve our hundreds of millions of players around the world. I am so proud of the extraordinary efforts from our Call of Duty teams and the records they have achieved with Modern Warfare II. Connecting the world through joy, fun and the thrill of competition is the key to our success. Modern Warfare II has provided this to millions of players faster and with greater satisfaction than ever before,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard.